Proposed Program: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geoscience

Supporting Documentation:
Comparison of the proposed BA in Envt'l Geoscience vs. BA in Envt'l Studies with a minor in ESCI
Author: Department of Earth Science


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B.A. Environmental Studies

Difference?  Or Overlap?

B.A. Environmental Geosciences

 “Environmental studies is a multidisciplinary, problem-oriented major”

t multidisciplinary

not multidisciplinary u

“Provides students with a strong foundation in geology

“Focus on one of two areas:

  environmental interpretation/education or

  the broader area of environmental planning/management.”

 

t completely different focus  u

 

“Emphasis on near-surface geologic processes.” 

No focus, coursework, or other attention to environmental interpretation, education, planning, or management.

Careers:

  naturalists with parks and other outdoor organizations

  environmental educators in camps & social service agencies

  environmental planning and management areas such as

  water resources; solid waste; natural areas and ecological

  restoration; international resource development; and

  environmental policy and administration.

 

t little overlap in potential careers u

 

Careers:

 

 * science journalism                      * environmental law

 * science education                       * technical writing

 * science policy                             * environmental protection

Required courses in the major field: 15 hrs of G&ES 

G&ES 150 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3 cr.

G&ES 318 Conservation of Natural Resources  3 cr.

G&ES 374 Research Methods in Environmental Perception  3 cr.

G&ES 386 Internship in Geography and Environmental Studies 6 cr.

 

NO REQUIRED COURSES IN EARTH SCIENCE!

t no overlap whatsoever in required courses u

 

Required courses in the major field: 25 hrs of ESCI

ESCI 207 Atmosphere and Oceans 4 cr.,

ESCI 211 Physical Geology 4 cr., ESCI 312 Historical Geology 4 cr.,

ESCI 331 Geologic Structures and Map Interpretation 4 cr.,

ESCI 306 Rocks and Minerals 4 cr.,  ESCI 390 Field Geology 5 cr.

 

NO REQUIRED COURSES IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES!

 

No specific courses in other fields required.

t No specific required courses in related fields

 

9 hours required in related fields  u

Specific courses in related fields required:

1) CHEM 211 General Chemistry I 5 cr. AND

2) MATH 106 Precalculus 4 cr.

 

 

TOTA L REQUIRED OR ACCEPTED IN G&ES:   15-45(?) hours

TOTAL REQUIRED IN EARTH SCIENCE:               0 hours

MAXIMUM ACCEPTED in ESCI:                 30 hrs

 

 

t BIG difference in courses required or accepted! u

 

TOTA L REQUIRED OR ACCEPTED IN G&ES:           0 hours

TOTAL REQUIRED IN EARTH SCIENCE:    38-40 hours

Additional required courses for ESCI minor:

ESCI 207, 211, 306, 312, elective (19-20 hrs)

*Student doesn’t take the ESCI capstone course.

*Student has less flexibility to choose a minor in another area.

*Student takes only 19-20 hours in ESCI.

Does the Env Studies major with ESCI minor

equal the Env Geosciences BA?

 

No.

*Student can choose a minor to complement their specific

career objectives (e.g. business, English, Poli Sci, history).

*Student must take the ESCI capstone course.

*Student must take 38-40 hours in ESCI--but none in G&ES.

 

 

ELECTIVES: 30 cr

 

No specific list of acceptable electives.  Students select electives in consultation with a major advisor in the Geography and Environmental Studies program and a co-advisor from a department related to the student's career interest.

t very flexible program,

      courses may be from a variety of fields

 

less flexible program, u

courses must be from EARTH SCIENCE              

Electives: 13-15 cr

 

Choose at least 9 hours from a specific list of 300-level EARTH SCIENCE courses.

 

 

TOTAL REQUIRED IN EARTH SCIENCE:             0 hours

 

 

t BIG difference in courses required or accepted!u

 

TOTA L REQUIRED OR ACCEPTED IN G&ES:         0 hours

TOTAL REQUIRED IN EARTH SCIENCE:  38-40 hours


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Last updated  April 17, 2005.